James Merrill Jeffords

James Merrill Jeffords

Birth
Rutland, Rutland County, Vermont, USA
Death 18 Aug 2014 (aged 80)
Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
Burial North Shrewsbury, Rutland County, Vermont, USA
Plot Unmarked grave
Memorial ID 134523916 · View Source
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US Senator. He graduated from Yale University in 1956 and served in the Navy from 1956 to 1959, and in the Navy Reserve until retiring as a Captain in 1990. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1962, and practiced in Rutland. He served in local office including Shrewsbury Grand Juror, Town Agent, Zoning Administrator, Republican committee Chairman, and county Board of Property Tax Appeals Chairman. He served in the Vermont Senate from 1967 to 1969, and as Attorney General from 1969 to 1973. He ran unsuccessfully for Governor in 1972. In 1974 he won Vermont’s US House seat, one of the few post-Watergate scandal wins for Republicans. He served from 1975 to 1989, and developed a reputation as a moderate who sided with Democrats on domestic policy. In 1988 he won election to the Senate, and he served from 1989 until 2007. In May 2001 he became an Independent allied with Democrats, enabling them to regain control of the Senate. Jeffords served as Chairman of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions and the Committee on Environment and Public Works. In retirement he resided in Washington, D.C., and he died at the Knollwood military retirement facility.

Bio by: Bill McKern


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Bill McKern
  • Added: 18 Aug 2014
  • Find A Grave Memorial 134523916
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Merrill Jeffords (11 May 1934–18 Aug 2014), Find A Grave Memorial no. 134523916, citing Northam Cemetery, North Shrewsbury, Rutland County, Vermont, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .